This week at JMS I explored the origin of the word “job”. I was not happy with what I found. The most consistent references point to a French root word “gobbet”. This translates into morsel or “piece”. Hence a “job” is a “piece” of work. It struck me that it also suggests a piece of our life.

So if we start with a “piece” (job), that doesn’t sound very fulfilling. For most people, the job never is. But then I started thinking about a progression. Ok, you get past a “job” and land a “position”. Wooohoooo! You know what a position is; title, perks, rewards, expense accounts, etc. Now we’re getting somewhere. But a funny thing happens. For some, the position becomes their identity. For others, the position becomes a yoke of relentless burden. Finally, both courses usually lead to the same end; burnout and frustration.

However, there is a final and perhaps more significant stage. What about “Purpose”? Everyone I have met who seems to be living with a divine purpose usually never exhibits any of the symptoms of the other two conditions (job and position). Why? I submit to you that we are all created with a specific purpose; a slot in the puzzle of life. This is a state of being where our unique and wonderful attributes can mesh with the rest of humanity. I use the phrase “God doesn’t make any junk”. When He made you, He had a purpose.

Your challenge today is to get out of the “job” mentality, abandon the “position” mindset, and seek your true and real PURPOSE. Then and only then will you find satisfaction in the work you may choose to do.

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Comment by writeonbro's on September 9, 2009 at 9:06am
Write on Doug...this an eye opening post with a fresh insight that too many people are missing. The only job that I've found fulfilling is the Joy Of Business, when I stepped out on faith to fulfill my purpose, to encourage entrepreneurs by simplifying internet marketing for home-based and small businesses.

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Comment by Joe Stiles on August 21, 2009 at 2:40pm
Great thought-provoking article, Doug.

It seems the J-O-B these days is what you can create for yourself that plays closely to your talents and passion. I find that too few people focus on providing a "solution" for others, who are willing to pay and more on receiving a paycheck month after month.

When is the best time to explore your passion as a vocation? How about NOW!



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